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The best content management systems for static sites – updated

20 January 2021

Static sites have been around since the dawn of the web, but thanks to the rise of static site generators like Jekyll and Hugo they're undergoing a bit of a renaissance.

Web development Reviews


Book review – Indistractable by Nir Eyal

12 January 2021

How to control your attention and reduce distraction, from the author of ‘Hooked’, a manual for designing addictive products.

Book review Productivity


The best places to find high-resolution public domain art and illustration

14 December 2020

Finding public domain images at a good enough resolution to print can be challenging, but here’s a list of the best places to source high-quality art and illustration.

Open culture Public domain


The Tannenbaum-Schmidt leadership continuum

27 October 2020

Seven styles of leadership, ranging from authoritarian to permissive, and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Leadership basics


The characteristics of good leaders

27 October 2020

Thirteen qualities of good leaders, focusing on yourself, others and the organisation.

Leadership basics Characteristics


How to set up a Gopher server on a Raspberry Pi

24 June 2019

Run your own Gopher server in a few easy steps (and some harder ones).

Gopher Internet history


Exploring the Gopher protocol

24 June 2019

In the beginning, before the Web, there was Gopher.

Gopher Internet history


Can an artificial intelligence be unreasonable?

24 September 2018

Mumsnet’s Am I being unreasonable? forum is famous for the hilarious, disturbing and hilariously disturbing topics discussed. I wondered, what would happen if I used it to train a neural network?

Machine learning Project


The best writing apps for iOS - updated

17 June 2018

Focusing on the best writing apps, this is the first in a series exploring the best tools to get stuff done using iOS.

Best of Productivity


Six great books to be a better product manager

25 April 2018

Product management is an evolving field. These are books I've found useful as a product manager and I hope you will too.

Product management Reading list


Version control for Sketch – Plant, Abstract and Kactus reviewed

20 April 2018

Developers have used version control systems like Git for years. Lots of people can collaborate on a project, everyone has access to the latest version and mistakes can be rolled back. So why can't we use them for design?

Design Sketch Version Control


Automatic image resizing with Jekyll and ImageMagick

17 October 2016

How to get Jekyll to take care of the boring business of resizing and cropping images.

Web development Jekyll


Using tree testing to validate your information architecture

10 October 2016

Developing a site structure is one of the most difficult and important parts of creating information architecture. And the larger the site, the harder it gets.

Usability testing UX tools Information architecture


Component-based design: what it is and how to do it

7 October 2016

As the web evolves and gains complexity, so our approach to designing websites needs to become more sophisticated.

How to Design


The double diamond design process – putting the whys before the whats

26 September 2016

It’s easy as creatives or developers - or anyone really - to start with the ‘whats’. What can we do? What should we do? What is it we’re going to do?

Design process How to


Pen first, pixel later — why you should sketch before you computer

19 September 2016

A blank screen is a daunting prospect. There’s a strong temptation to get right in there with your wireframing software and start drawing boxes. But don’t give in. It’s a trap.

Design User experience